An eye-opening survey was recently released by HouseValues Inc. that illustrates how much time is involved in the purchase of a home, right from the very moment that the idea of moving has been planted.
Would you believe that the survey found that buyers, like sellers, frequently take up to four years formulating their needs and wishes before actually initiating a transaction? Obviously, this doesn’t include people who are suddenly thrust into the home buying market because of job relocation, family needs or other motivations, but the figures apply to most consumers.
Once the decision to move forward has been made, almost half of buyers take six months considering types of homes and neighborhoods before they ever look through the listings. So the most surprising result of this survey is that consumers select a real estate agent in only one to three days!
The reasons they turn to a professional are threefold:
- They want full access to all available listings
- They need help and advice in negotiations
- They need someone to handle all the paperwork and legalities of the transaction
So take your time as you consider a decision as important as buying a home. Do some research on the Internet, keep reading informative articles in local publications and then make your choice based on honesty and trust! HAPPY HOUSE HUNTING!!